Through her course at London College of Communication, designer Ruweyda Dool has built up a stunning portfolio of elegant collections for both women and men. A passion for African culture, fabrics with ethnic prints and attention to detail made her models stand out on her recent runway show. 2010 has brought the focus over to her latest colourful jewellery collection and a venture into menswear that she is thoroughly enjoying.
For this week’s London Art Spot, Ruweyda, who is also interested in photography, shows off a few of her designs worn by some gorgeous models, talks about her African/ethnic collection you’ll see in some of the photos and tells us where her work is headed.
LLO: Which aspects of London life most influence your creativity?
RD: Everything really, even if it’s like the littlest thing. Different things influence my creativity at different times.
LLO: Give us an overview of your latest African/Ethnic collection.
RD: It’s an eclectic fusion of colour inspired by the vibrancy of African culture with a Western twist. The influence is to capture the colour and warmth of AFRICA and what it represents.
LLO: Which piece are you most proud of and why?
RD: Every piece has had its moments, however, I think the two pieces that have had most exposure and feedback as well as photographed beautifully are a long, light blue, v-shape bust dress with boning at the bottom and a natural disaster themed dress where the fabric has been digitally printed with my design.
LLO: Who is your target audience?
RD: Ages: 16 – 30 both males and females
LLO: What are your favourite materials to work with and the best places to buy them in London?
RD: The best place to buy fabric is central London. As for my favourite fabrics, I don’t really have one as they all do different things, but I did really enjoy working with the African fabrics as the manipulations and drape of them are different to other fabrics.
LLO: You’ve dipped into menswear as well. Is this something you plan to expand on?
RD: Yeah, definitely I’m really enjoying menswear at the moment and I’m positively looking to expand in both the male and female areas.
LLO: Which fashion trends should we look out for when Autumn collections hit London’s shops?
RD: The fabrics that will be popular this Autumn/Winter are: leather, velvet and sheer fabrics. Military-style and cut out garments will also be evident.
LLO: Favourite place in London to people watch for inspiration?
RD: Depending on what you’re into, inspiration is everywhere whether it’s the type of music you listen to, art, photography, colours or the feel of fabrics, etc…
LLO: Other up-and-coming London-based designers we should keep an eye on?
RD: I don’t have any designers I can think of at the top of my head right now, but London is a very competitive city to live in and talent is everywhere.
LLO: What’s next on the agenda for you?
RD: Well, I guess I’ll have to see what the world has in store for me. However, I’m looking to really build on my menswear collections.
For more about Ruweyda and her work, see her website: www.ruweydadool.com
For more London Art Spot interviews, click here.